Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Post-Op Recovery Massage

Sarah Kneads Me!

Serving Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Alameda, San Francisco, El Cerrito, and Albany
Inna Tsukerman
Inna Tsukerman
2022-07-21
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I feel blessed working with Sarah on lymphatic drainage and scars treatment after my double mastectomy in 2020. For a year I've suffered from extreme tightness in my chest and armpits. I felt it 24/7 and no amount of Physical Therapy and followed up exercises relieve me from that pain. My range of motion was also affected despite all my efforts. Then I found Sarah! With her out of box approach and advanced techniques, she was able to minimize the tightness and finally to remove it. I no longer feel it which is truly a miracle as I've lost my hope. My range of motion improved with it. Sarah is my go-to person if I feel an ache in any part of my body. She incorporates different modalities and while the session could be less than relaxing, deep relaxation and lasting improvements follow.
brittani pygeorge
brittani pygeorge
2022-04-26
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loved my experience with sarah !! she knows exactly all the right points to massage and work through . definitely will be rebooking !!!
Kathy Casares
Kathy Casares
2022-02-18
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I am so happy that I found Sarah! I recently had complications from cosmetic surgery and I had NO IDEA that the Post surgical and scar resolution (lymphatic drain massage) would offer me so much relief! It was amazing how I felt and looked after Sarah worked her magic! Please please PLEASE get the 90 minute treatment after any surgeries! You are worth it and you deserve it! Your body will respond in like! I can’t believe the difference. Thank you Sarah:)
Daelyn Chase
Daelyn Chase
2022-02-07
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Sarah was so knowledgable, easy to talk to, and brought an awesome energy to the table. My needs felt heard and I felt SO much better when I left, she also gave me tips and tricks to help myself in-between sessions with scar tissue/tightness management.
Adam Byers
Adam Byers
2021-12-13
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Fantastic massage/treatment. Highly recommend, will be back regularly!
Ginger Soto
Ginger Soto
2021-12-07
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Sarah is well educated in many fields. I had plasma pen fibroblast done around my eyes to reduce crows feet. I love my results. She took great care into making sure my experience and my results were top notch. She has hands of magic while rubbing out my soar muscles while educating me how to drain my lymphatic system. Absolutely a wonderful experience.
Chantal G
Chantal G
2021-10-11
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Sarah is AMAZING!! I have been so interested in lymphatic drainage for so long and Sarah provided me with a massage and a lesson! She takes the time to really teach you the methods and explain why each is important. These are practices you can do at home to continue results and she wants you to learn them. I came out of my massage feeling relaxed, informed, educated and feeling INCREDIBLE! Go see her now!
Vicki O
Vicki O
2021-05-19
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Sarah is amazing, she really knows the body and just what it needs. Treatment is designed per patient, per visit. She helps to educate you on what you can do at home, to speed up healing.
Julie Fang Koo
Julie Fang Koo
2021-03-16
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I got the best massage ever. Best because it wasn't just an hour of pushing my tired muscles around. Sarah relieved so much tension from my neck, shoulders and jaw that I didn't even know I had been carrying around. Tension that was causing me frequent headaches and limiting movements in my neck/shoulders area. She was so good about explaining everything. She taught me how to continue the massage at home. I felt like a new person afterwards. I will definitely be going back. I highly recommend!
Sandy C.
Sandy C.
2023-04-10
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Sarah does amazing work, especially with lymphatic drainage and myofascial release. I've felt immediate relief from muscles that have been somewhat stuck due to tension and overuse as well as with areas where lymph has not drained regularly causing inflammation. Sarah is also good at showing me how to use tools to do some of the same work at home for continued relief. Thanks Sarah!
David P.
David P.
2022-08-22
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Sarah spend a brief period of time working on my back and neck. The results were immediately positive but seem to been getting better with time. She knows what she is doing! Don't hesitate to visit her office. Dave P.
Kathy C.
Kathy C.
2022-04-07
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Having regularl therapy treatments with Sarah has allowed my body to heal from complications of past surgeries! I had NO IDEA the benefits of Lymphatic drain massage treatments and scar reduction therapy! Sarah is so committed to her work and I just LOVE her!! (and Yoshi is the sweet little cherry on top!! ) Happy camper here
Keisha V.
Keisha V.
2022-02-19
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I highly recommend Sarah for your post-op lymphatic drainage massage. She was knowledgeable about post-op care and her holistic approach is second to known.
Shannon E.
Shannon E.
2021-12-10
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Great whole body approach, Sarah knows what she is doing and is super comfortable and easy to work with.
Traci B.
Traci B.
2021-11-29
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Sarah was amazingly patient and informative! She provided me with the education and tools to make my post-op recovery and results a success. Yoshi is the most mild-mannered dog I've ever met and he made my visit all the more great. Will be seeing Sarah from now on.
Kendall G.
Kendall G.
2021-10-01
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WOW! I feel like a new person after my post-op session with Sarah! My muscles and collar bone look chiseled and I felt so relaxed after my session. She is extremely knowledgable, a fantastic educator, and offers the option to send you home with a goody bag of tools, so you can feel everlasting benefits. She genuinely connects with you and inquires holistically about your body dressing concerns you didn't think to bring up. She had amazing recommendations things to implement in to my life to help me better prepare for my next surgery. I felt so comfortable with her, which allowed me to share all my bodily concerns, and in turn I believe that really helped her to support me better. She is very sweet, extremely thorough in during initial consultation questions, and just a joy to chat with. Everything was outstanding from start to finish. I am so grateful to have found her and am looking forward to my next appointment with her.
Swaggy M.
Swaggy M.
2021-09-02
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Sarah does an exceptional job explaining the the lymphatic drainage process and exit points. I also love how she teaches me self care so that I can continue my healing in between massages. She is extremely knowledgeable and clearly cares about the well-being of her clients. I look forward to my massages.
Vicki O.
Vicki O.
2021-08-10
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Sarah is amazing at what she does. She understands how the body works and explains how things are connected as she goes. She uses many different techniques depending on the area of your body and the issue. After years of water retention, I can finally see my wrist and ankle bones. I have much more flexibility because of it. She has done amazing work on my plantar fasciitis too, I have much less pain because of the release that she has given me. She also provides 'homework' for those who want to continue working on themselves between sessions, she provides lots of advice. Most massages leave me sleepy, Sarah's leave me energized! She is a lovely person too, very open and easy to talk to.
Marisa L.
Marisa L.
2021-07-27
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Sarah is THE BEST! Her space is cozy and inviting, her personality is charming, her office assistant (Yoshi the dog) is adorable, and her massages are the best! A lifetime of poor posture had left me with headaches, slouched shoulders, and stiffness. Sarah has me feeling better and standing taller!

Sarah Kneads Me – Massage in Oakland, CA

With the understanding that health care and needs are always changing, we apply the same style to our treatments. This is not a relaxing, check-out type of session where you nap or meditate. Your sessions here will absolutely require your participation. There will be dialogue, teaching, learning, and checking-in throughout your appointment, especially during the first session. Please plan accordingly.

Covid-19 Protocols

Changes you’ll notice:

  • Please wear a face mask during the time you are in the clinic

My promises to you:

  • I require all patients to wear a mask for the time they’re in clinic, and I will be masked at all times.
  • I will continue to get weekly Covid testing in addition to being fully vaccinated and boosted.
  • Appointments are limited to 5 per day to allow for adequate disinfection time between appointments

The following items are cleaned, disinfected and/or changed, fresh for each patient:

  • Every non-porous surface
  • Every porous surface
  • All linens: blanket, sheets, towels, face cradle covers used during treatment
  • All tools used
  • Plastic table cover, pillow bags and pillowcases
  • Air is HEPA filtered

Sarah Donnelly, L.A.c, MSTCM, CMT

My years of practice have given me a love and obsession for solving the riddles of aches and pains. To this end I utilize acupuncture, all levels of pressure from gentle, rhythmic lymphatic drainage to deep, slow myofascial work. Each issue is addressed with fresh eyes and no two treatments are ever the same.

Sarah’s journey into massage therapy began in 2010 at the National Holistic Institute Emeryville. It was during this time, while supporting her grandfather in hospice care, that she discovered the profound healing potential of touch and it’s role in compassionate communication. Motivated by this experience, Sarah embarked on her path, driven by a passion for holistic wellness.

In 2013, Sarah furthered her expertise by training in Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage. During her volunteer work at Charlotte Maxwell—a clinic dedicated to serving low-income women with cancer—from 2011 to 2016, she honed her skills and deepened her understanding of the therapeutic benefits of massage.

Continuing her commitment to comprehensive wellness, Sarah pursued certification in Esthetics and skincare at the Cinta Aveda Esthetics Institute in SF, also in 2013. Her dedication to providing holistic care led her to delve into Traditional East Asian Medicine in 2016. Sarah attended both the Acupuncture and Integrative College in Berkeley, California, and the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, California, culminating in her LAc accreditation in 2020. She’s continued her education in Cosmetic Acupuncture, assisting with Michelle Gellis’ courses, and Orthopedic acupuncture with Jaime Chavez.

Today, Sarah is dedicated to integrating her diverse skill set. By combining her expertise in lymphatic drainage and esthetics with her knowledge of myofascial release, orthopedics, and Traditional East Asian Medicine, she crafts tailored and personalized treatments for her community. Sarah’s approach is rooted in balance, aiming to provide each patient with a uniquely enriching and therapeutic experience.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient practice still in common use today because it is effective, efficient, and practical. I incorporate acupuncture and Chinese Medicine principles with various types of massage, lymphatic drainage, microcurrent, cavitation, radiofrequency, cupping, guasha, vibration, therapeutic LED lights, a keen sense of physiology and a little magic.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

The lymph system works with the circulatory systems to cleanse every cell in the body. An out of balance lymphatic system will lead to swelling, puffiness, and heaviness in the joints. Chronic congestion, water retention, or post operative swelling greatly benefit from lymphatic drainage. Manual Lymphatic Drainage gently encourages decongestion and detoxification.

Fix It!

Injury relief massage is my favorite! Injury can be the result of a traumatic accident, surgery, or the accumulation of the demands we place on our body each day. The bodywork consists of stretching, microcurrent therapy, and myofascial release as we restore the body to an optimal state.

Post Surgical & Scar Resolution

I use the best of Western and Eastern tools: Manual Lymphatic Drainage, microcurrent, cavitation, radiofrequency, cupping, guasha, and myofascial techniques. I specialize in the specific care required after cosmetic body procedures like liposuction, BBL, and tummy tucks.

Neck Restoration

Applying innovative techniques with Traditional Asian Medicine principles, Sarah remodels and restores your neck and jawline to their former youthful glory. Joints lengthened, lines smoothed, and that little pocket under the chin is deflated and tightened. Acupuncture, various forms of manual therapy, myofascial release, traditional medicine, lymphatic drainage.

Facial Restoration

Release body and face with this all-inclusive treatment. Myofascial release of face, neck, shoulders, and abdomen. Deep intraoral massage to sculpt the face and increase circulation, lymphatic drainage to decrease puffiness and water weight. Cosmetic facial acupuncture and Celluma LED light for brightening and clarifying the skin.

What are Lymphatic Drainage and Cosmetic Surgery Recovery massage?  Click here to read the blog post.

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Contact & Scheduling

  • 6536 Telegraph Ave, C-104 . Oakland 94609
  • sarah@sarahkneadsme.com
  • 925-268-0878
  • Text and Email preferred
  • By Appointment Only
  • Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Saturday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

We accept appointments up to two months in advance.  For current availability information, please follow us on social media!

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